Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Kailash Kher kicked off the concert with a Sufi number, Jogi, which immediately set the tone for the rest of the gig. After finishing the song he chitchatted with the audience in his typical mischievous style, explaining to them how the band had been visiting different parts of the world, and that they did not even know what time zone Karachi was in.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The Pakistan Navy Central Library (PNCL), re-branded as the PN Central Library, is housed in an unsually green surroundings of Karachi but its modern structure is comparable to the best libraries of the country.
The PN Central Library was established in 1951 at the Liaquat Barracks and it was moved to its present premises at the Pakistan Maritime Museum, located on Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road near PNS Karsaz, in 2005.
The library, sitiuated in fully secured area, is now centrally air-conditioned and the entire surrounding area has been tastefully landscaped with lush green lawns and seasonal as well as perennial plants. Adequate space is available for parking to facilitate the members and the visitors.
Extensive renovation work has been carried out in the recent past to bring it at par with the best libraries of the metropolis. Its membership has been opened to the civilians at nominal costs to encourage a larger pool of people of all ages to avail the services.
With the addition of standout facilities like the commissioning of five research cubicles with internet facility, the PN Central Library has been fulfilling its commitment of providing an environment conducive to reading and to carry out research work for its members.
It is now open on all seven days of the week, except public holidays. It’s open from 8 am to 6 pm from Mondays to Thursday, 8 am to 1 pm on Fridays and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
The collection of books, on the rise constantly, has grown in the region of 30,000 with a high percentage being on the subjects of modern sciences, international affairs, management, history, military, maritime, naval, strategy and culture besides Urdu literature.
It is believed to be the first library in Pakistan to have an extraordinary collection on Cartography with three volumes of Mathematical Geography and Cartography in Islam.
One of the top features of the library is the regular acquistion of the latest editions of some of the finest global magazines like Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Discover, Scientific American, Popular Science and Good House Keeping.
The members of the PN Central Library are allowed to borrow books and magazines which are issued for a period of three weeks and they can also be re-issued if there are no outstanding requests for those publications. Understandably the reference books and the current periodicals are not allowed to be taken home.
The PN Central Library’s information system has been fully computerized and its data is based on Microsoft SQL server available on speedy networked computers having easy to use and understand software which is now being effectively utilized for accessing information like scanning of books inventory through different criteria, record of membership and their accounts detail, record of newspapers and magazines subscription, and books borrowing record and its account.
Cdr (R) Muzammil Yasin Siddiqui, a dashing hockey player from the golden era of Abdul Hamid ‘Hamidi’, Anwar Ahmad Khan, Abdul Waheed Khan, Naseer Bunda, Manzoor Hussain Atif and Munir Dar to name a few, is the motivating force behind the emergence of PN Central Library as an entity of sorts and he has all the eagerness to create more facilities for its members.
The contribution of Cdr (R) Jamal Abdullah, Director, Maritime Museum, and Syed Zakir Ali, Library OIC, has been immense in its development and maintenance while the expertise and the enthusiasm of Huma Mannan Butt, a talented young librarian, have been greatly helpful in developing the public library system.
Former Prime Minister, Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, who heads his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, known as PML-N, has vowed to pay special attention to solving the energy crisis, if his party was voted to power in the upcoming general elections, expected to be held later this year.
“After coming to power the PML-N government will give special attention to solve the energy crisis which has brought life to a standstill in the country. For this purpose we will build small dams and set up gas fired power plants to provide electricity at reasonable rates to the people,” Nawaz Sharif stated while talking to Zahid Hameedi of MHz TV Network US, in a recent interview in Lahore.
He said that the PML-N has formulated plans to promote Information Technology and Technical and Vocational education at all levels which will help fight unemployment in the country.
“By promoting education we will be able to export trained manpower to the Middle East and other countries. Our youth has enormous talent. We need to provide the platform to let them develop technical skills so that they secure good jobs,” the former Prime Minister added.
To a question, the PML-N chief said that his party will also introduce reforms in the transport sector like mass transit system in order to provide cheap transportation to the public.
“Transportation holds the key to business activities. The government has to take care of the people and we are committed to facilitate them at all levels. We have done it before and we will do it again,” he promised.
Nawaz Sharif stated that his party, PML-N, has decided not to enter into an alliance with PPP and PML-Q, nor will it make any seat adjustment with these two parties in the coming elections. He, however, hinted that the party could consider seat adjustment with JUI-F and Jamaat-i-Islami in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
“People are hankering for change and Inshallah the PML-N government will strive sincerely to improve the lot of the common people as in the past,” the former Prime Minister concluded.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
“Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) have been playing a major role during the last two decades in equipping the youth with technical education. The SSUET graduates are serving in various countries of the world with placement on highly important positions and making new breakthroughs not only in Pakistan, but also in Europe, America and other countries”, Engr Z.A. Nizami, Chancellor SSUET, observed while addressing the 15th convocation of the university held at Karachi Expo Centre on March 31.
At the convocation, whose proceedings began with recitation of Holy Quran and Naat by the university students, over 1,000 graduates of batch 2008 were awarded degrees in the engineering disciplines of Electronics, Computer, Civil, Bio-Medical and Tele communication besides Computer Science. The Chancellor said that it’s our strong conviction that good Engineers and Technologists can combat the forces that are responsible for weak economic conditions of the country and financial constraints in the domain of progress. They can find ways and means to transform poverty into plenty, he observed
He advised the new graduates to come forward to accept the challenges, which the country is confronting like dwindling own energy and water resources, dependence on foreign reliance and primitive systems and machinery in industry, which are the menace plaguing the country.
He said the university provided Rs. 370 million worth equipment for Labs in all the Departments and spent Rs 195 million on new buildings and structures.
At present the university is dispensing 6 Bachelors Degree, 6 Master's and 02 PhD programs while its faculty has 22 PhDs teaching in various departments while as many as 15 faculty members are pursuing PhD degree from this university and as many number had gone abroad for higher studies, the Vice-Chancellor stated..
Recipients of Silver Medal for securing second position included Sana Waseem (Computer Engineering), Noman Akhtar (Electronic Engineering), Bilal Saeed (Telecommunication Engineering), Amna Ghani (Biomedical Engineering), Zia Ali (Civil Engineering) and Muhammad Arabi Tayyab (Computer Science).
As the ceremony reached near completion, the graduating youth celebrated their award of degrees with tossing their robe caps into the air while excited youth posed for photographs with their parents.